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Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW

A licensed clinical social worker and formerly the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program, Ms. Effland earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and later earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University with a concentration in clinical practice. She specialized in mental health, women's issues and evidence-based practices. Ms. Effland completed graduate practicums in community-based mental health treatment at Heartland Health Outreach and outpatient family and individual therapy at the Family of Nazareth Outpatient Clinical Services at Resurrection Behavioral Health Care.  She focused her care on mood and anxiety issues, skills training, trauma and grief therapy. Ms. Effland has extensive experience in treatment of individuals, groups, families and couples, who suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, non-suicidal self-injury, PTSD, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Ms. Effland joined the Insight team in 2006 as a DBT clinician specializing in eating, mood and anxiety disorders.  A valuable leader in the development of Insight's mood and anxiety treatment centers in Chicago, she worked alongside founder Dr. Susan McClanahan to launch the Mood and Anxiety Program in 2008. Prior to joining Insight, Ms. Effland served as a Behavioral Counselor at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in its residential eating disorder program. Ms. Effland has received training in evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, Zen and Vipassana meditation practice and Relational and Feminist Theory of trauma treatment. She teaches and regularly speaks on the topic of DBT, non-suicidal self-harm, mood and anxiety disorders and the Chicago dual diagnosis treatment of eating, mood, and anxiety disorders within the Chicagoland area and nationally.

Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center are accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

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